Annual Student Exhibition
Young Contemporaries

March 30 – April 28, 2012

Each spring, current College of Charleston students are eligible to submit their recent work to the Young Contemporaries, giving them an opportunity to have their work chosen by a nationally prominent juror and exhibit in a professional gallery setting. For the 2012 Young Contemporaries exhibition, NY visiting artist, Julie Heffernan, has been chosen to select the student works. To learn more about the submissions process, please click here.

Concurrent with Young Contemporaries 2012 will be the Salon des Refusés exhibition, showing in the Hill Exhibition Gallery within The Marion and Wayland H. Cato Jr. Ctr. for the Arts. The origin of the “Salon des Refusés” dates to Paris in 1863, when artists who had been rejected from the official Salon caused such a protest that Emperor Napoleon III ordered another exhibition held for them. Among the painters in this “Salon des Refusés” were Camille Pissaro, Henri Fantin-Latour, James M. Whistler, and Edouard Manet.

These annual exhibitions are jointly produced by the Halsey Institute, the Studio Art Department, and the Student Visual Arts Club at the College of Charleston School of the Arts. The exhibition is made possible by generous supported from Leo and Ann Higdon.


Annual Student Exhibition
Young Contemporaries

The annual exhibition shows off the brightest talents coming out of the college’s School of the Arts, including painters, sculptors, printmakers, and photographers.

Julie Heffernan - 2012 Juror

For the 2012 Young Contemporaries exhibition, NY visiting artist Julie Heffernan has been chosen to select the works. Heffernan will give a lecture about her work on Saturday March 17 at 3pm in Simons Center, Room 309.

Julie Heffernan is an Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Montclair State University in Upper Montclair, New Jersey.  She received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Yale School of Art and Architecture.  Heffernan has been exhibiting her paintings actively throughout the world since 1988 and is represented by PPOW Gallery  in New York City, Catharine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, CA, Mark Moore Gallery in LA, CA and Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan.  In 2010-11 she had solo exhibitions at PPOW Gallery in NYC, Megumi Ogita Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and Catharine Clark Gallery in SF, CA.  In 2009-11 Heffernan was invited to participate in 26 group shows including The 183rd Annual:  An Invitational Exhibition of Contemporary American Art” at the National Academy Museum in NYC; “Old School”. At Hauser and Wirth Gallery, London, England and Zwirner and Wirth Gallery in NYC; and “Arcimboldo-Artista Milanese tra Leonardo e Caravaggio,” at Palazzo Reale in Milan, Italy

Heffernan was invited to be a member of the National Academy of Art in 2011 and was the 2010 Commencement Speaker at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.  She was also invited to be the Clive Distinguished Artist Lecturer at the San Francisco Art Institute in Spring 2010 and the 2009 Spring Season Guest Artist at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).

Heffernan has received a number of grants and fellowships over the years including a Thomas Bennett Clark Prize from the National Academy Museum, NYC in 2008 and the Thomas R. Proctor Prize also from the National Academy Museum, NYC in 2004; a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (NYFA), a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a Fulbright-Hayes Grant to West Berlin.

Heffernan’s work has been published and reviewed in major newspapers and periodicals including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, Artforum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art, Harpers, The Chicago Tribune and Art and Auction.

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